Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jul 2005 16:59 UTC
Debian and its clones "I invite everyone interested to join the Utnubu Team. Utnubu stands for doing what Ubuntu does, just the other way around: We want to take the things Ubuntu does and that are missing in Debian, and - where appliciable - put them in Debian."
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send it on upstream
by butters on Mon 25th Jul 2005 21:43 UTC
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2005-07-08

I like the sentiment here, but I think this whole issue has highlighted a problem with our free software ecosystem. There shouldn't be an ubuntu backwards project specially created to backport ubuntu enhancements to debian. It should be inherent to all GPL software development that enhancements should be contributed back to the originating commons. Today this is scoped to the source code itself, but it should also apply to packaging and package repositories where appropriate.

In short, it should work like this: if you base your distribution on some other distribution's package sets, then any packaging changes must be contributed back to the parent distribution. It would be ubuntu's responsibility to make these enhancements available to the debian project.

Now, any new packages that did not exist in the parent (for example ubuntu-artwork), would not require this, and neither would any value-added packages for commercial debian derivatives.

A proposal for GPL3? What do you think?

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